19 Jan

Younghusband brothers set for Davao move on 5-year deal

first_imgIn a stunning move, national team stars Phil and James Younghusband are leaving FC Meralco Manila to sign a five year deal with the Davao Aguilas after playing for the Sparks the last six years.Meralco made the announcement on its official Facebook account last Saturday just a few hours before the Sparks were to play the Aguilas in the Philippines Football League in what will turn out to be the last match of the Younghusband brothers for the club. ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES “It is with great sadness that FC Meralco Manila announces today (Saturday) that James Younghusband and Phil Younghusband will be leaving the club and transferring to Davao Aguilas FC during the current PFL transfer window,” the club said in a statement. “The match today against the Aguilas in Tagum will be their final game in Meralco colors.”The club said it “made an earnest attempt to keep James and Phil in Manila with an offer of a contract extension.” Phil and James’ three year deals were set to expire at the end of the August which meant they were allowed to talk to other clubs for a possble move.“But the brothers elected to pursue this opportunity with Davao. They asked for a release from their current contract and we have granted it, allowing them to sign with the Aguila.”A source close to the brothers said Meralco offered a two year deal. “In the end, the decision boiled down to the length of the contract,” said the source. “Davao really showed  that they wanted the brothers in the club.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube SEA Games is not worth saving Davao Aguilas owner Jefferson Cheng told the Inquirer he was actually surprised with Meralco’s announcement since the transfer has yet to be finalized.But the businessman confirmed that talks between Davao and Meralco over the Younghusbands’ transfer were making headway and could be completed by next week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’While Meralco is in second with 24 points, Davao has yet to win in its first 11 matches in the PFL, drawing five times and losing six matches to be at seventh in the table.aThe brothers have been the face of the Meralco franchise since signing in 2011 when the club was still playing in the United Football League. With the Younghusbands leading the way, the Sparks became a force in Philippine club football, winning the UFL Cup in 2013. MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Financial terms of the transfer as well as the brothers’ contract were not disclosed.“This is a great and exciting opportunity for the brothers to help a new club like Davao grow,” the source added.In its statement, Meralco also expressed gratitude to the Younghusband brothers for their contributions to the club. “Their leadership, work ethic, and professionalism never failed to inspire their teammates,” said FC Meralco Manila vice chairman Randy Roxas.“Off the pitch the Younghusband brothers embodied our club’s values in every way and tirelessly worked to promote the game and serve as ambassadors for Meralco. We can never thank them enough for all they have given to us,”  Roxas added.“The Meralco family wishes James and Phil the best in their new adventure. We will continue to support them when they play for the national team,” Viboy Genuino, head of the Meralco Corporate Business Group, who is also a director of the club.The club added that it has the utmost confidence in the remaining players. “This is a fantastic opportunity for them to prove their worth to the team and pick up the slack both on the field and in the dressing room,” it said. “We have a tremendous amount of faith in our squad as we look to challenge for the inaugural PFL crown.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

18 Nov

Guatemala Kickers Beat US, 2-0

first_imgWith a 2-0 loss at Guatemala, the United States forced itself into what basically amounts to a must-win situation when the teams meet again March 29 in Columbus, Ohio.American coach Jurgen Klinsmann made some puzzling lineup choices and the team’s defense self-destructed March 25 in Guatemala City.“I think it was a lack of focus, concentration, and wrong decisions,” Klinsmann said. “We have to take responsibility for it, every one of us — coaches, players — and move on and get it done on Tuesday.”Edgar Castillo’s poor backpass set up corner kicks that led to Rafael Morales’ goal in the seventh minute. A goal kick by Paulo Motta went most of the length of the field in the 15th, and 36-year-old Carlos Ruiz ran onto the ball, came in alone on goalkeeper Tim Howard and doubled the lead.“Sloppy,” Howard said. “It’s almost something like you can’t account for.”Seeking their eighth straight World Cup berth, the Americans had been unbeaten in 21 games against Guatemala since January 1988 and had never lost to Los Chapines in World Cup qualifying.“Maybe it was a lack of focus, but these places are very difficult to come play at,” defender Omar Gonzalez said.Trinidad and Tobago (2-1) leads Group C with seven points after rallying for a 3-2 win at St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Guatemala (2-0-1) is one point back. The U.S. (1-1-1) has four points and St. Vincent (0-3) is last.In September, the Americans play at St. Vincent and host Trinidad to complete the regional semifinals. The top two teams advance to the six-nation regional finals.“We always said that World Cup qualifying is a long road, a tricky road, a difficult road,” Klinsmann said.Klinsmann already was criticized following his team’s semifinal elimination in last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and a loss to Mexico in the Confederations Cup playoff.He started Gonzalez and Michael Orozco in central defense after John Brooks returned to Germany on March 25 because of a bruised left knee and defender Matt Besler sustained a concussion in training March 24.Fabian Johnson, a midfielder and defender who has a groin injury, didn’t dress; midfielder Jermaine Jones is suspended; and Jozy Altidore, the top American forward, was limited to entering in the 66th minute as he recovers from yet another hamstring injury.Howard started for the U.S. at the last two World Cups, but lost his starting job at Everton and was appearing in his first match since Jan. 24.Geoff Cameron started at right back rather in the more central role he usually plays for Stoke; DeAndre Yedlin started in midfield rather than right back, his position with Sunderland; and Mix Diskerud was in a defensive midfield role, which he doesn’t play for New York City.Cameron switched to the center and Yedlin moved to right back when Gyasi Zardes entered in the 59th.Castillo, making his first national team appearance in two years, made a wide backpass that Howard couldn’t get to and rolled over the end line, leading to the first goal.Guatemala’s first corner kick was chested over the line by Orozco, leading to a second. Morales jumped over Diskerud, who appeared to slip, to meet Jean Marquez’s corner and Morales nodded the ball off Diskerud and to the left of a diving Howard, just inside the post.Klinsmann said a defender was supposed to be on the line.“We write everything on the white board. It’s in the locker room,” Klinsmann said. “It shouldn’t happen.”Ruiz scored his 60th international goal when Motta’s goal kick went the length of the field, with Michael Bradley deciding not to head it. Ruiz burst past three Americans, ran onto the ball and slotted it under Howard from just inside the penalty area.“A sequence of mistakes,” Klinsmann said, “from Michael not heading the ball to the center backs thinking that Michael has it.”Motta blocked Bedoya’s shot in the 23rd minute, used his right leg to stop Dempsey’s 8-yard shot following a pass from Yedlin in the 52nd minute, then slid to stop Bedoya’s effort with his chest and had a kick save on Altidore in the 82nd.Morales’ header off a corner kick glanced off Dempsey and the crossbar in the 71st. Asked what has to get better Tuesday, Bradley said simply: “Everything.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more